Members of public visit the pier at Clacton-on-sea.
As the Tories choose their candidate, the battle for Clacton begins in earnest
By Alexander Woolley - 12 September 17:30

Giles Watling, former 80s TV star, is selected through an open primary to fight the by-election against Douglas Carswell.

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party.
Yes Scotland resorts to fearmongering with warning of Tory-Ukip coalition
By George Eaton - 12 September 17:16

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party. 

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.
Yes or No, this won’t be the “good result” that Better Together wanted
By Jason Cowley - 12 September 16:21

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.
The incumbency effect is hurting the Tories, not helping them
By Harry Lambert - 12 September 12:14

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16.
The Scottish Yes side's women problem gives No the edge
By George Eaton - 12 September 10:21

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16. 

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence.
Salmond's NHS claims have been shredded by the IFS
By George Eaton - 11 September 16:38

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence. 

How would a Scottish Yes vote affect Northern Ireland's Unionist politics?
By Philip Bell - 11 September 16:02

The Scottish referendum campaign has served to weaken Ulster Unionist faith in a historical Ulster-Scots identity, and if Northern Ireland stays in the Union there may be more calls to integrate into the UK party system.

A new concept for the unemployed, the Job Centre. Two people seen reading the adverts.
Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions
By Maya Oppenheim - 11 September 15:18

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.

Gordon Brown speaks at a Better Together rally on in Kilmarnock, 11 September. Photo: Getty
Gordon Brown: I’ll stand for the Scottish parliament if Salmond keeps peddling lies
By George Eaton - 11 September 13:03

Former PM vows to return to “frontline politics” to secure a Scottish Labour government if the SNP keeps misleading voters over the NHS. 

A train crosses the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Scottish referendum means Berwick-upon-Tweed faces an uncertain future
By Alexander Woolley - 11 September 7:12

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England's most Scottish town – concern has become the order of the day.

Big red buttons, a biscuit inquiry, and deforestation: notes from a Labour councillor in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 11 September 7:05

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he reveals the drama of a full-scale biscuit inquiry.

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53-47.
Scottish No side ahead by six points in new poll
By George Eaton - 10 September 19:13

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53%-47%. 

Miliband is under pressure to back the government's climate change plan
By Bob Ward - 10 September 17:02

Labour is facing a test of Ed Miliband's commitment to climate change ahead of its party conference later this month.

“Head, heart and soul”: Ed Miliband’s plea to Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 15:57

The Labour leader gave a speech in Scotland today, with an argument “from the head, from the heart, from the soul”. But using Labour's appeal in Scotland was his most promising strategy.

BP chief executive says No to Scottish independence
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 13:31

BP's chief executive, Bob Dudley, has confirmed his support for a No vote in the Scottish referendum.

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick.
Will Cameron's "effing Tories" remark help or hurt the No side?
By George Eaton - 10 September 13:05

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick. 

The Severn Bridge seen from Chepstow, Wales.
Operation disintegration: has the Scotland debate made regional parties smell blood?
By Alexander Woolley - 10 September 12:58

Time for a separate Cornish state, or an English First Minister? How about a breakaway Wales, or resurrecting Wessex? The UK's regional parties reflect on what the Scottish independence debate means for them.

Cranes operate near Battersea Power Station in London.
David Lammy on housing: "We cannot build some of the dross that's been built in the past"
By Alexander Woolley - 10 September 11:18

Labour MPs and potential rival mayoral candidates David Lammy and Tessa Jowell are among those fighting for co-operative approaches to London's problems.

Net neutrality shows that global cooperation is more important than national independence
By Sam Fowles - 10 September 10:11

Today is a net neutrality "day of action". But what is net neutrality, and what does it tell us about today's debates on Scottish independence and EU membership?

Unionist disunity? John Major blames Labour’s “deadly legacy” for putting the Union at risk
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 9:37

The former Conservative Prime Minister has stepped in to the Scottish independence debate, criticising the Labour party.

Lisa Nandy's speech at the Compass Annual Lecture: full text
By Lisa Nandy - 10 September 8:28

Nothing left to lose? Freedom and the left.

Air pollution in London is set to haunt Boris Johnson again
By Murad Qureshi - 10 September 8:19

Air pollution in London will haunt the Mayor of London once again, as his appearance at parliament's Environment Committee today marks an annus horribilis for air quality in the capital.

David Cameron: “We do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 7:57

The Prime Minister’s last-minute plea to Scotland.

How the Square Mile could be an unexpected counter to our “Downton Abbey-style society”
By Mark Boleat - 09 September 14:26

After recent reports that Britain is "deeply elitist", the City of London insists that social mobility is being championed where you would least expect.

Why a climate change agreement next year could be global diplomacy's last stand
By Alastair Harper - 09 September 14:15

With the golden age of international diplomacy behind us, the UK government has today published its thoughts on why a global deal on climate change is going to happen and is in our interest.

Leaders pull out of PMQs because of Scotland: a show of desperation?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 September 12:31

The three main party leaders have put out a joint statement saying they won't partake in Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow, because they want to concentrate on the Scottish referendum campaign.

Are MPs too busy to keep their promise to the world’s poorest?
By Richard Darlington - 09 September 10:57

This week, 100 MPs need to turn up to vote on the 0.7 per cent spending commitment on international development. At the moment, it's too close to call whether the bill will pass.

Labour must act in Scotland no matter the outcome of the referendum
By Douglas Beattie - 09 September 9:09

Independence or not, Labour in Scotland needs to feel distinctly separate these days, when so many in a land once seen as red in tooth and claw are supporting the nationalist cause.

Gordon Brown: the man who will save the Union?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 September 8:30

The UK press is praising the former Labour Prime Minister for his 11th-hour intervention, suggesting he should have had a more significant role in the Better Together campaign.

The former PM seizes the initiative on a plan for further devolution to Scotland.
Brown takes charge as Cameron backs his plan for "Scottish Home Rule"
By George Eaton - 08 September 18:54

The former PM seizes the initiative with a timetable for further devolution to Scotland. 

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